The ninth annual British Independent Film Awards have been announced, and I can't say there are any huge surprises, although Jeff Wells thinks its significant that The History Boys only scored four noms, compared to The Queen (leading the pack with seven noms), The Last King of Scotland and This is England (six apiece) and Red Road and Venus with a respectable five each. Some of the not-so-shocking noms include nods for Best British Independent Film to The Last King of Scotland, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, The Queen, Red Road, and This is England, Best Actress nominations include Helen Mirren for The Queen. Mirren will likely dominate the rest of a pack that includes Juliette Binoche and Robin Wright Penn, both for Breaking and Entering, Kate Dickie for Red Road, and Frances de la Tour for The History Boys.

Forest Whitaker and James McAvoy, both of The Last King of Scotland, will duke it out for Best Actor, but may be overshadowed by Peter O'Toole's extraordinary performance in Venus. Also from Venus, newcomer Jodie Whitaker, who was quite good in her role (she rather reminded me of a British Evan Rachel Wood), scored a nom for Best Newcomer, and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi has been nominated for the script (no nod for director Roger Michell, interestingly), though I'd look for Peter Morgan to take the screenplay prize for The Queen (Morgan is also nominated for co-writing The Last King of Scotland). Also of note (to me at least) are a couple of the nominees for Best Foreign Indie: Brick and Hard Candy, two films that may very well end up on my personal top ten list by the end of the year.

The awards take place November 29, 2006. Full list of nominees after the jump.
categories Awards, Cinematical